Newsletter Volume 15 Issue 05
Table of Contents
- Table 1: Katie Morris (10) vs (12) Ray Ressler:
- Table 2: Jimmy Francisco (14) vs (13) Mike Bates:
- Table 3: Todd Cook (14) vs (10) Nigel Musico:
- Table 4: Marty McCuiston (4) vs (15) Walter Wnuk:
- Table 5: Micks McGillivray (8) vs (14) Austin Heath:
- Table 1: The Johns (5) vs (15) Double D:
- Table 2: Zenith (12) vs (12) Just Another Bye Week:
- Table 3: English Majors (15) vs (6) Bull Dogs:
- Table 4: The Two Old Guys (5) vs (15) Reckless:
- David Alciatore, PhD (“Dr. Dave”) ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES “VEPS GEMS – Part XII: Corner-5 System Example and Benchmark”
2016 Winter Singles League Standings – Final
Tuesday Night Singles:
February 9th was our kick off for the 2016 Singles Winter League with (12) anxious and ambitious shooters, with the top spot in each players minds. We had (10) players participating in week 1 as Gary Loverde is on a 3 week sabbatical and Stephanie McCuiston was unable to play due to a previous engagement. They will be making up their match with each other when Gary returns. We only had (1) player take all (15) points in the first week with (3) others trailing by a point. Walter starts at the top with Jimmy Francisco, Todd Cook & Austin Heath checking in with (14). We do want to extend a warm welcome to some new players in the league. Nigel Musico is already playing in the doubles league with Walter as his partner and has joined the singles league as well. With twice a week, watch out guys, he can become a very tough opponent. He has introduced a friend of his, Mike (Micks) McGillivray to League 27 and its nice to have some new faces in the league. As we like to say, new blood and new competition. We also want to welcome Austin Heath, who has subbed in the Winter Doubles league already, and he is a friend and neighbor to Victor and Jimmy Francisco. Welcome to League 27 guys. Some of the returning players that have not participated in a few of the last sessions pictured are Katie Morris and Todd Cook. Both Todd and Katie have missed the last few sessions so welcome back. Marty McCuiston & wife Stephanie could not play in the doubles league on Thursdays, but are participating in the winter singles league, so we want to welcome them back as well. Good luck and good shooting to all.
Table 1: Katie Morris (10) vs (12) Ray Ressler:
This turned into a pretty close match with both players a bit off in the shooting abilities. Katie comes in a little cool from not playing in a few of our last sessions, and Ray, well, no excuses but appears to be playing with some neck soreness. Ray was able to take off his brace and go gung ho in the singles league. Katie started the match breaking and pocketed a few balls to start the 8 Ball Set. After a few back and forth shots, Katie took control of the game and notched 3 balls and out. Suddenly Katie went cold as she continued to miss shot after shot. She set Ray up several times throughout the set. Ray did start to perform a little bit better, staying down on his shots and pocketing balls. Ray notched game 2 and seemed to feed off the misses by Katie. Ray had some nice 3 & 4 ball runs as he nailed wins in the next three games to get on the hill with a 4-1 lead. A few mistakes by Ray opened up the door in game 6. Katie nailed a 4 ball run, making a fantastic cut shot on the 8 ball from an awkward angle to win the game. That was the last win in the set as Ray got some very favorable leaves in the game from Katie and closed out game 7 with the win. Ray takes set 1, 5-2
Ray got started quickly in the 9 Ball Set as he made a nice long run, got stuck and played a very nice safety that got him back to the table enabling him to win game 1. The tide seemed to change as Katie started to hone in on her shooting skills and with some decent runs, she tallied wins in game 2, 3 & 4. She had a very nice 4 ball run in game 2 and followed that with a 3 ball run to close out game 3. She had now taken a 3-1 lead in the set. Just as quickly can a player can get into a nice shooting rhythm, they can also fall out of the grace of the pool Gods and struggle to make shots. In game 5, Ray posted the win with a couple of nice runs and few errors by Katie. Ray seemed to feed off the misses and got into a groove, not only with some nice shots by also keeping his opponent from good starting positions. Ray notched the next 4 games in a row to take the second set with a 5-3 win to double his lead in the match.
With Ray sporting a nice lead in the match, Katie needed to make something happen and get herself back into the match. She got her first chance with an opening win in game one of the 10 Ball Set. Combos hadn’t come into play in the previous set but Ray got on the score sheet with a crazy combo using the 2 ball that nailed a 10 ball for the win in game 2. This set looked like it might go back and forth as Katie came right back with some fabulous cut shots and some long shots to nail down a win in game 3. Katie broke in game 4 and with nothing dropping, the 1 ball lined up nicely for a combo shot on the 10. Ray made his second win and then it was all Katie. She started her come back with a 9-10 combo in game 5. Ray continued to accommodate Katie with several misses that continued to give Katie a nice shooting rhythm. Katie made it three straight wins to close out the final set, taking a 5-2 win and only losing the match by a couple of points. Nice effort and shooting by both players in the match.
Table 2: Jimmy Francisco (14) vs (13) Mike Bates:
This first weeks match pitted two great shooting players with a lot of abilities against each other and the results showed. This match went the distance of 27 games played with a (1) point victory after it was over. The opening 8 Ball Set started the battle that would be the last match to finish with the players maxing out games played. Jimmy notched game one with a very nice long run to get on the sheet first. Then it would go back and forth with both players playing as much offense as they could supported by some outstanding defense throughout the match. Mike answered the call as he came storming back, very nice shot making and some brilliant safety play. Mike strung together some nice runs and nailed back to back wins in game 2 & 3 and the battle was on. Jim stopped Mike run at 2 in a row and pounded in a winner in game 5 that evened up the set. Mike made a 5 ball run to close out game 6 and for the second time in the set put together a second win in a row to take game 7 and hit the hill with a one game lead. Jimmy has been playing super and he wasted little time in game 8 as he also ran 5 to get out and tie up the set. It doesn’t take much of an opening for Jimmy to finish a rack and that he did in game 9 with some pin point position play and the first set win.
Jimmy started out the 9 Ball Set with back to back opening wins as he vied to take the second set of the match. With the two game lead, Mike wasn’t going away and pounced on a few openings left by Jimmy. Mike put together three straight wins with some great shot making along with some razor sharp position play. This gave Mike a one game lead looking to even up the match. Jimmy continued to shoot well and he notched back to back wins in games 6 & 7, putting him on the hill. Jimmy had a couple of nice runs to regain the lead. Well, it wasn’t over yet as Mike came right back and finished off game 8 to match Jimmy on the hill. Jimmy then followed Mike’s break with both players battling back and forth, and Jimmy finally putting a short run together after he got a break on a safety shot by Mike that opened the door. Jim finished off a tough charge by Mike to take a 2 point lead in the match.
This set up for a exciting finish by two good players in the 10 Ball Set. Mike got things going with a 8-10 combo in game 1, but Jimmy continued his fine shooting as he nailed back to back wins in game 2 and followed with a long run to finish game 3. Mike again played catch up as he put together a couple of short runs, played some outstanding safe leaves to outlast Jimmy in game 4 to tie up the set. Jimmy answered with a very nice win in game 5 and put some icing on his lead as he nailed a 2-10 combo in game 6 to hit the hill taking a 2 game lead in the set. That seemed to put a fire under Mike’s rear as he fought back with a 4 ball run to take game 7. Mike continued to shoot lights out and held off Jimmy with some very nice leaves. At one point in game 8, they players posted several safe plays to hold each other off. Mike found a small window and took advantage in game 8 to notch the win and tie up the set on the hill. Mike would make it three straight wins in the set to close out Jimmy in game 9, putting the final set on his score sheet. This turned out to be the match of the night with both players shooting well and up to their expected abilities. Jimmy edges Mike by a point.
Table 3: Todd Cook (14) vs (10) Nigel Musico:
This match had the appearance at first to be another one that may go the distance with the 8 Ball Set took 9 games to decide. Nigel continues to improve his shooting skills and it was ‘music’ to him as he nailed the opening win against his very good shooting opponent, Todd Cook. Todd posted a 3 ball run in game 2 to finish off the game and even the set. Nigel and Todd exchanged games in 3 & 4 as each player had some shining moments in each game to notch a win. The trend to split games continued in game 5 with Todd posting the win. It was Nigel that broke that string of back and forth wins as he put together back to back wins in games 6 & 7 to climb on the hill. Todd continued to shoot well and grabbed game 8 with a couple of nice cut shots that evened the set. It was Nigel stepping up with some nice shots to nail down a game 9 winner and the first set, 5-4.
Nigel finished off the first set and then notched game one to start the 9 Ball Set. Then it was Todd getting hot, not only with some great shot making but with some very nice precision position play. Todd nailed a game winner in game 2 and then made a 5 ball run to close out game 3. Still riding high with some nice shooting, Todd nailed a 5-9 combo to put him up 3-1 in the set. Todd did not slow down and made another nice run to take game 5 to get to the hill. Nigel had been a bit quiet up to this point and needed to make something happen to get back into the set. Nigel took advantage of some opening left by Todd and took game 6. He would get his second win in a row for the second time notching game 7 and only trailed by a game. Todd put a quick end to Nigel’s comeback attempt when he won game 8 and took the set 5-3. This gave Todd a 1 point lead in the match.
Todd seemed to continue with his shooting performance as he made it three straight wins posting back to back in games 1 & 2 to start the 10 Ball Set. Nigel ended the streak that Todd started as he made a 4 ball run to notch the win in game 3. Again Todd started another mini run as he ran 3 and out in game 4 and cleaned up a couple of balls to nail the win in game 5. Nigel got another chance to made a comeback and took game 6. That was the end of his run as Todd again took charge of game 7. He closed out the match with his second set win and take the match. Todd takes a 5-2 set win in a good start to his return to pool after a few sessions layoff. Nice effort by Nigel and nice shooting by Todd.
Table 4: Marty McCuiston (4) vs (15) Walter Wnuk:
This match started with Walter relaying to the writer that he could not see any of the shots on the table, missing on several chances. With his misses, Marty got things going in the 8 Ball Set. Marty took advantage of the missed shots to capitalize with a game one winner. Then it was like Marty could not make any shots, as Walter got into a groove and posted wins game 2, 3 & 4. Game 2 saw Walter notch the final three balls to win that game. Not only did Marty continue to miss shots, but he seemed to set up Walter to get some momentum going. Walter cleaned up games 3 & 4 to take a 3-1 lead. Marty then saw Walter stall in his shot making and took advantage to post a nice win in game 5. Marty seemed to stay focused and again with some unfortunate misses by Walter put his second game in a row on the score sheet and evened up the set. At 3 game each, Walter seemed to get his eye back. Walter made some short runs to clean up the balance of the balls in games 7 and 8 to take the first set 5-3 set win.
The 9 Ball Set saw Marty again storm out with some nice shots. Marty notched the final three balls in game 1 to take game 1. Then it was like Marty’s stick was willing but the eyes didn’t cooperate. Walter made a long run to take game 2 and then it was like Marty couldn’t buy a shot. Nothing was dropping and every miss left Walter easy chances to get started and get finished with games. Walter posted five straight wins to take the set with a 5-1 win.
The 10 Ball Set did not get any better for Marty as he shooting woes continued. Walter continued to shoot decent and get several easy chances to stay in rhythm. As Marty struggled, Walter seemed to gain the momentum needed to win game after game. When it was said and done, Walter started with a 1-10 combo in game one and notched wins in the remaining 4 games. Walter closed out the night with 10 straight wins and a 11 point match win. A valiant effort by Marty and nice shooting by Walter. Walter starts the league at the top of the pack.
Table 5: Micks McGillivray (8) vs (14) Austin Heath:
Although Austin Heath has subbed in the League 27 previously, we welcome him now as full fledged member of the League 27 family. He was playing against another one of our other newest members of the league, Mike McGillivray who goes by the nickname of Micks. Micks was recruited by anther newcomer, Nigel who began playing in the Winter 2016 Doubles Season and has also also joined the Winter 2016 Singles Season. Micks might have been a bit nervous playing in a more competitive venue than he has been used to and had a bit of trouble getting started. Austin has participated in this type of format and it looked like he was a bit more relaxed in the 8 Ball Set. Austin made several nice runs in the opening set to take game 1. The more misses by Micks, the more chances that Austin had to close out games, which is exactly what Austin did. Austin seemed to cruise in most of the games in the set as he posted 5 straight wins to take a sizable lead in the match, 5-0.
Austin got things going in the 9 Ball Set, making it six unanswered points against his opponent Micks. That run was halted in game 2 of the set as Micks ran 3 balls to post his first win and get on the score sheet. Austin put together back to back wins in games 3 & 4 with some nice shot making and position play to take a 3-1 lead in the set. Austin continued to post some nice wins even with a few tough starting positions. I think Micks started to relax a bit and strung together two straight wins, posting some very nice runs to take games 5 & 6 and even the set. Unfortunately for Micks, Austin got some more breaks, and showed some nice shot making abilities to post his second back to back wins in the set. It was a 5-3 set win for Austin who takes a 10-3 lead in the match.
It was Micks who struck first in the 10 Ball Set, as he nailed a sweet carom shot to sink the 10 ball in game 1. Austin again showed some nice shooting skills, nailing a several long shots and hiding the cue ball when he could not get out. It was another back to back wins for Austin to take the lead. Micks notched a three ball combo in game 4 and ran 3 and out in game 5 as the opponents played leap frog in the set. Again it was Austin finding a few missed opportunities by Micks and took game 6 and followed with a win in game 7 to put himself on the hill. This set followed suit again as it was Micks finding two more wins in a row to come from behind to capture the final set with a 5-4 win. Very nice effort by Micks and nice shooting by Austin. Welcome to league 27 guys.
2016 Winter Doubles League Standings – Final
Thursday Night Doubles:
I will call the match between Zenith & Just Another Bye Week (pictured left) that ended all square with (12) points each, the Match of The Week. Nice shooting and effort by all in week 5.Three of the 8 teams playing had a very nice evening taking (15) point in the shooting performances. The English Majors took all (15) points with sub Austin Heath, subbing for Victor, he helped Jimmy supporting the team with 8 of their 15 points for the night. They were unable to gain any ground on Reckless, who continues to hold on to second place, who also excelled in week 5 with their second (15) points in a row. Matt contributed (10) points in their win. Double D rebounded from last weeks let down to notch (15) points as well. Doug posted (10) wins as he and Dave regroup and start the climb back up the ladder.
Table 1: The Johns (5) vs (15) Double D:
Doug and Dave from Double D put last weeks disappointing round behind them as they look to rebound and climb back up the leaderboard. Doug and Dave took turns notching wins in the 8 Ball Set, with each shooter posting some shooting runs. Doug notched a 5 ball runout in game 1 to get Double D on the score sheet first. Then Dave followed right behind him with another 5 ball finish, capping off the game winner with a thin cut down the long rail. The Johns seemed to have their problems to continue runs to stay on the table. With each miss, the table seem to set up pretty easy for either Dave or Doug to get into a good shooting rhythm. Neither John Jr nor John Sr could muster any kind of runs to produce any wins so far in the set. When they missed, they seemed to be in a nice starting position for Double D to get going in the game. Doug and Dave put together two more game winners, taking game 3 & 4 to get on the hill. John Jr finally broke through in game 5 as he capitalized on one of the few mistakes made by Double D in the set and notched the final 3 balls to take the game. The Johns winning streak ended in game 6 as Doug put together another nice run and closed out the set with a 5-1 win.
Dave & Doug continued to punish the mistakes that The Johns made and opened the 9 Ball Set posting back to back wins. Doug notched game 1 and Dave came right back behind him notching a 5 ball run to take game 2 increase their match lead. John Sr finally got his team going as he posted the final two balls in game 3 to again stop a possible long string of wins for Double D in this set. It was Double D answering again as Doug cleaned up balls in game 4 to again take a two game lead in the set. It was John Sr again stepping up with some nice shots and nailed a 9 ball winner in game 5 to get within a game of Dave & Doug. It looked like John Jr & John Sr would make it two straight as they seemed to get back on track. It wasn’t going to happen in game 6 as Doug again strung together a short run to win game 6 and put the team on the hill. Again, with some missed shots by Double D, John Sr got back to the table in game 7 and made good with a win to gain get within one game. The set ended with a final winner in game 8 as Doug closed out the set with a 5-3 win. Double D has now increased their match lead to 6 points.
John Jr opening the 10 Ball Set with a nice 6-10 combo win to take the only lead in a set they had. Doug continued to stay in focus and Dave continued to keep The Johns off balance and from getting too many easy starts. Doug notched a game winner after a four ball run in game 2, and continued with the momentum for Double D winning game 3. Dave has been playing the leaves that continued to keep Doug in a very nice shooting rhythm. Game 4 turned out to be the opposite, as Doug played the hook master to shut down The Johns and Dave ran 5 and out in game 4 to put Double D up 3-1. The final two games saw The Johns continue to struggle to keep any thing going and each miss continued to set up Double D. Dave notched the win in game 5 and Dave came right back behind him in game 6 notching a 4-10 combo and the win in the final set, 5-1. Nice try by The Johns and good shooting by Double D.
Table 2: Zenith (12) vs (12) Just Another Bye Week:
This turned into the match of the evening as the teams played even after all was said and done. Walter relayed that Scott Moritz returned in this session after some time off in the league and improved his game tremendously. Scott M continued to clean up several tables throughout the match with some very nice shooting. Walter from Zenith relayed that he felt that he is closing in on his game, not quite there yet but it hasn’t been too bad so far. It was Walter striking first for Zenith in the 8 Ball Set with a nice run to get on the sheet first. Scott M continues to play some impressive pool as he has honed his stroke and shot making that complimented some great position play. Scott M notched the win in the second to square things up. He then got a chance to close out game 3 and promptly and quietly ran four and out to take the lead. Nigel started a bit slow in the set but got his chance in game 4. Nigel ran 3 balls to finish the game and put his team back into a tie in the set. Just Another Bye Week got a gift in game 5 as Zenith pocketed the 8 ball in the wrong pocket to give Bye Week the lead. Scott K pounded in the game winner in game 6 that put the Bye Week on the hill with a two game lead. Nigel again found an opening with a few misses by the opponents and promptly notched the game winner in #7. Zenith would fall in the first set as Scott M finished the set taking game 8 and a 5-3 set win.
Scott K has always favored the 9 Ball Set and contributed with 3 of the 5 games won in the set. Scott K opened with the first win in the set and Scott M followed with a decent run to give Bye Week a 2-0 lead. Nigel got Zenith on the score sheet in game 3 as he got into a nice shooting rhythm. Nigel notched the win in game 3. It was Scott M again getting a chance to run balls in game 4 and again Bye Week took a 3-1 lead. Walter had been somewhat quite so far in the match but suddenly found his eye. The rest of the set went back and forth with Bye Week staying a game ahead. Each team continued to make some nice runs to close out games. Walter stepped in after a miss by Bye Week to take game 5 and get within a game. Scott K has usually finds some game winning combo shot and that is what happened in game 6. Scott K made quick work to win the game using the 2 ball and put Just Another Bye Week on the hill. Walter continued to shoot well and despite being down 4-2 did not fold under the pressure to catch up. He posted a nice run with some key position play to win game 7. It was Walter getting Zenith to the hill to tie Just Another Bye Week as he also nailed a 2-9 combo. At 4-4, Zenith had a chance to take the set, but fell short. For the third time in the set Scott K showed some nice shooting skills posting a win in the 9th game of the set to finish off Zenith. This gave Just another Bye Week a 3 point lead in the match.
Scott K got his second chance to cap a combination shot, using the 8 ball to nail down a win to start the 10 Ball Set. Walter seemed to energize Zenith as a win in game 2 was sparked by a combo using the 2 ball for a fast win. Walter then kept Zenith in the match as he got hot and every time there was a chance to get out, he made sure he did. Nigel was superb with his safety leaves that seemed to cool off Just Another Bye Week cool and his partner hot. After the combo win in game 2, Walter never slowed down. He posted wins in the next three games for four straight wins and put Zenith on the hill. Scott K got his teams final chance to catch up posting a win in game 6 but Zenith finished off game 7 to end the set and with the 5-2 win. Even though Just Another Bye Week took 2 of the three sets, this match ended in a tie with each team registering (12) points each. Nice shooting by all four players.
Table 3: English Majors (15) vs (6) Bull Dogs:
Victor was unable to make the league night in week 6 and one of our newest members Austin Heath filled in for him and had a pretty decent night. He accounted for 8 of their 15 points, making some great shots and also kept Bull Dogs a bit cool in their shooting rhythm with some key safety play. Ray returns to play in the league after a 4 week layoff due to his surgery. He did seem to struggle in some of his shot making, but his partner seemed to struggle even more. Ray did get Bull Dogs going with a nice run to post a win in game 1 to start the 8 Ball Set. Jimmy continues to shoot extremely well with some of the nicest position play I have seen lately. Jimmy won games 2 & 3 picking the racks apart again with some great shots. He made very few mistakes when he was able to finish a rack. Austin started a bit on the slow side in his shooting, making a few mistakes, but he was able to recover on his opponents misses to win games. Austin followed Jimmy’s back to back wins with two wins of his own. Austin posted wins in games 4 & 5 to put the Majors on the hill. Jimmy ran 5 balls in game 6 to cap off the win that included an excellent 1 rail bank shot to pocket the 8 for the set win, 5-1.
As the 9 Ball Set got started, Jimmy continued his shooting skills as he again posted a decent run to open with the first win of the set. The Bull Dogs matched the Majors posting a very nice win in game 2, with Ray posting a 3 ball run to close the game out. It was Jim P from the Bull Dogs getting his team into the lead as he nailed a tough 3-9 combo to take a 2-1 lead. The lead by the Bull Dogs seemed to spark English Major as they again put together some nice wins. Bull Dogs caught a cold, missing several shots that potentially should have led to wins. With the Bull Dogs leaving a lot on the plate, both Jimmy F and Austin cleaned up in the next four games. Austin accounted for wins in games 4 & 5 and Jimmy F closed out the set with wins in games 6 & 7.
It was Austin & Jimmy playing the safety game to start out the 10 Ball Set. This led to the first game win with a 3 foul rule that Bull Dogs committed. If that wasn’t bad enough, the 10 ball on the break by Austin in game 2 put more salt into the wounds of Bull Dogs. This gave English Majors a 6 game run taking a 9 point lead in the match. Ray and Jim did get more chances to climb in the match and it was Ray able to stop the run as he finished off game 3 to get the team on the score sheet in the set. Jimmy F and Austin again received several ‘gifts’ with some easy misses by Bull Dogs to surge ahead in the set. Jimmy notched game 4 and Austin nailed 4 and out in game 5. This put English Majors on the hill with a 4-1 lead. The Bull Dogs mounted a comeback as a few misses by the Majors gave them some open shot opportunities to get started. It was an uphill climb, but Ray got back to back chances to wins some games. It worked out well as Ray finished off game 6 and then notched 4 balls to cap off a nice win in game 7. This put Bull Dogs a game behind in the set. Austin made a couple of nice shots in game 8 and got a great set up to nail down a 6-10 combo sitting on the long rail. Austin made not mistake as he rolled in the game winner and the set, 5-3. A very good effort and try by Bull Dogs and great shooting by English Majors, both Jimmy F & Austin. English Majors remains in first place (7) points ahead of Reckless who stayed with then as they also took all (15) in their match in week 5.
Table 4: The Two Old Guys (5) vs (15) Reckless:
The writer thought this might be another one of the matches in week 5 that could go the distance, but was certainly surprised by the final outcome. Matt D and Jim B continue to shoot with great precision and confidence as they remained in 2nd place after week 5. Jim B got Reckless on the score card first with a nice run to start the 8 Ball Set. Mike & Peter seemed to make misses at the most inopportune times and Reckless took advantage of to build up a nice lead in the set. Matt seemed to be really on with his shots, and even when he missed his position, he would find another shot to continue his runs. Matt just continued to make balls, and helped Reckless notch game winners in 2, 3 & 4 to get them on the hill, taking a 4-0 lead against a good team that appeared to struggle in the 8 Ball Set. This writer knows that 8 ball is one of Mike’s better games as he consistently maneuvers around the tables with great shot making along with his pin point position play. In this match though, it seemed to be a bit off for both Mike & Peter. Peter did finally stop the run as he posted a 3 ball run in game 5. Mike followed Peter with his own run to capitalize on an opening left by Reckless. At this point, it appeared as though The Two Old Guys could mount a comeback as they now trailed by 2. Too many misses in game 7 by The Two Old Guys sealed their fate as Matt posted the final win to take the set 5-2.
It was Matt again finding golden opportunities, and got he and Jim B on the sheet first in the 9 Ball Set. Then it looked like Peter got back into shooting instead of safety play and cleaned up in game 2 to square up the set. It was Mike getting into the act in game 3 as it looked like The Two Old Guys got the momentum swinging to their advantage. With The Two Old Guys now in the lead, Peter got his first opportunity at a combo in game 4 and drained the 3-9 to take a 3-1 lead in the set. Now, it seemed like Mike & Peter had gotten back into a nice shooting groove with some key shots by both players in the previous games. Unfortunately, Reckless didn’t seem to cool off much during the short rush of wins by The Two Old Guys. Matt took the lead in game 5 as he posted a 4 ball run to win the game. Jim B had been playing the supporting role throughout the set got his chance to shine. He posted a win in game 6 and then followed with a 9 ball on the break in game 7 to take the lead and to get Reckless on the hill. Peter & Mike would finish the set with a second set loss, Matt closing out game 8 and a 5-3 set win. Reckless has taken a 5 point lead in the match.
The Two Old Guys need to take the 10 Ball Set which would give them a tie in the match. They would need to cool down and contain the shooting of both Matt & Jim. The possibility of a tie ended as Matt from Reckless nailed down the first win in the set, and they it just seemed to go downhill for The Two Old Guys from that point on. Matt notched game two and Jim came back with back to back wins in games 3 & 4. The Two Old Guys would fail to get on the score sheet as Matt notched a winner in game 5, sweeping the set. With the win, Reckless goes to 4-1 remaining in 2nd place, and The Two Old Guys drop down the ladder.
David Alciatore, PhD (“Dr. Dave”) ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES “VEPS GEMS – Part XII: Corner-5 System Example and Benchmark”
This is an introduction to the Corner-5 System that is used to aim two-, three-, and four-rail kicks off a long rail. The Corner-5 system is covered in detail on “VEPS IV – Banks, Kicks, and Advanced Shots.” If you don’t remember the details of the Corner-5 system, please review last month’s article and NV B.85. To summarize, for a rolling cue ball (CB) with running English, the Corner-5 system predicts a third-rail target (T) from the CB’s origination-direction number (D) and the first-rail number (F) using the following simple formula: T = D – F.